Intellectual Property Rights in Indian Agriculture

Following the Agreement on Trade related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in the World Trade Organization (WTO), most countries are committed to the provision of certain minimum standards for the protection of intellectual property. Such intellectual property rights (IPRs) raise crucial issues for the future development of agriculture and are particularly important for a developing country like India. These issues are being extensively debated in India and have contributed to the preparation of legislation on IPRs with respect to plant variety protection, patents and geographical indications.